Dear Sir or Madam,
Although this is the inofficial user to user support forum, I’d like to request some bugfixes and/or improvements for the Nokia Lumia 920.
Doubtless, the Nokia Lumia 920 is a phantastic device.
As with any device, there are a few short comings.
Me and other users would be glad, if you could care about the items below.
Please find first an overview and later some detailed information regarding the topics in the overviews.
So, please could you fix the following things:
a) Making NMEA/GPS-raw-Data accessible for developers in Windows Phone 7 and 8 via an API or similar.
b) Providing a GPS-Status App, showing satellite data, almanac data, tracked satellites, precision, signal strength, etc.
c) Running Nokia City Lens offline with the (limited) data available from downloaded/locally stored maps.
d) Queuing maps downloads, selecting several countries at once, selection of continents, selection of the whole world.
e) Downloading maps via PC and storing them on the Lumia 920 via USB
f) Activate voice guided pedestrian navigation in Nokia Maps 3.
g) In any maps application, please show a small icon showing GPS status (like in Nokia Maps 2 for Symbian).
h) Use compass for maps orientation and show maps facing either “north up” or “direction of travel up/by compass up”.
i) Don’t change map orientation in pedestrian navigation while swiping on the bottom of screen through information (“Route overview”, “My location”, “Next turn”). Make that information smaller.
j) Please provide finally map data for Japan (!!!), Seychelles and south pacific islands (esp. French Polynesia)
Overview PC-Suite and data transfer related:
k) Allow connection to PC Suite via USB and Bluetooth.
l) Allow use of Nokia Maps Loader via USB
m) Change type of stored number automatically while synchronizing PC Suite and Micorsoft Outlook, so transferring phone books/contacts from a Symbian Phone to the Nokia Lumia will be hassle-free.
Overview messaging related:
n) Show remaining characters while typing a text message (SMS) and number of messages to be sent in case user is typing more than 160 characters.
o) Let the user chose for every email-account, if either emails will be sent unencrypted or if only the POP/IMAP/SMTP-server authentication will be encrypted or if all communication will be encrypted. Avoid sending unencrypted server authentications as passwords may be stolen in an open WiFi-Network.
Detailed information regarding topics above:
a)& b) It seems like there is no access to raw GPS data in Windows Phone. Therefore there are no apps which show detailed information about GPS status. It would be good to have access to NMEA/GPS-data so applications can be written, which inform in a detailed way about GPS status.
c) Please make Nokia City Lens available offline like all other maps applications. I’m well aware of the fact, that for most accurate information an online connection is required. However, if travelling, most users don’t have a online connection. Simply use the data with is included in those maps which were downloaded and stored on the device. For sure, it would be a good idea to point the user on the fact, that he’s using static stored data but please do not simply close the application while the phone is offline. Something like: “You are using Nokia City Lens in the offline mode. Nokia City Lens capabilities are limited now. To enjoy all features of Nokia City Lens, please connect your phone to the internet.” would be OK. Please don’t simply smash the application down... It’s a very, very nice feature, but useless while travelling. And that’s where it would be used with maximum benefits.
d) Downloading maps is very uncomfortable now. It would be easy to select multiple maps to be downloaded and putting them in a queue. Please allow downloading of whole continents and even the whole world. Why not placing the some checkboxes and letting the user chose what he wants to be downloaded. Then, downloading in the background would be even more phantastic.
e) Downloading maps via a PC and Nokia PC Suite in conjunction with Nokia Maps Loader would the best solution – and simply transferring those maps on the Lumia by USB. Simply like it has been on the Symbian phones. That was just great and comfortable.
f) With Nokia Maps 2 for Symbian it was possible to activate voice guidance in pedestrian mode. Please let the user chose if he wants voice guidance.
g) Please show the GPS status in all Nokia Maps applications. It’s useful to know if one can rely on the position data provided.
h) Please let the user chose, which map orientation he prefers. Especially in pedestrian navigation it’s useful set the map in “direction of travel up”-mode. Please use the compass to turn the map accordingly. In an unknown city it’s not difficult to start walking in the wrong direction. Therefore it would be helpful, when the maps is turning according to user’s orientation according to the compass.
i) When swiping through information given on the bottom of the screen (“Route overview”, “My location”, “Next turn”) in Nokia Maps 3, the map orientation changes all the time. Please stop that. All these information can be shown on a much smaller place, so they are all in one and the same place. It’s not necessary to make that information so large so it’s necessary to swipe through them. Please remain closer to Nokia Maps 2 which was better in these things. There’s no need to print “Next turn in 300m” in giant letters...
j) Please provide downloadable maps for those countries (Japan, Seychelles, French Polynesia). I’m seriously wondering why there are still no maps for an important country like Japan!
k) PC Suite connection via USB and Bluetooth is still not working. That makes transferring contacts to new phones like the Lumia 920 very difficult und unsafe. Uploading via “the cloud” is a very bad option as these data may be sensible.
l) While Nokia PC Suite is not working by USB and Bluetooth, it is also not possible to use Nokia Map Loader for downloading maps in a comfortable way via the PC and transferring them on the phone via USB. Downloading via WiFi is not convenient and it’s absolutely inconvenient not being able to queue up downloads of maps (see above). This is a really bad solution.
m) I used before a Nokia E71 and synchronized all my contacts by the use of PC Suite with Microsoft Outlook. As I don’t have my E71 anymore, I needed to put those contacts into the cloud (PC Suite connection via USB/Bluetooth not working, see above!). While being forced to do so (and I don’t like the idea of uploading my contacts somewhere!) I realized, that my Nokia PC Suite put many phone numbers as “Further number” into Outlook. Then it turned out, that Windows Phone 8 will not recognize these numbers and they will not show up on the Lumia 920. In Detail: If a Person in the E71 phonebook has several mobile numbers, PC Suite will write the first mobile number into Outlooks “Mobile”-Database-Field. However, the second mobile number will be save as “Further Number”. Windows Phone 8 will not show these numbers on the phone after synchronizing via the cloud as this category is unknown in Windows Phone 8. If the PC Suite would have written the second mobile number as “Mobile2” into Outlook, everything would have been fine. Please fix that. There are problems with other type of information being synchronized with PC Suite and Outlook. Please thoroughly check all data types.
n) Please show the remaining number of characters while typing a text message (SMS). Please count how many SMS will be needed to send the message. It’s very annoying not being able to see how many characters are left. Every Symbian Phone did these little things better!
o) My email provider (GMX in Germany) offers to me only an encrypted server authentication process for free (SSL/TLS). With my free account, I can’t send the mails completely through an encrypted connection. It seems like Windows Phone 8 is offering only the possibility to either not using encryption at all or encrypting the whole communication. To be able to use the email client, I need to switch encryption apparently completely off. That is a very bad solution as my passwords are now being transmitted in plain text. That’s really unsafe. Please let the user chose between no encryption at all, only encrypted server authentication or completely encrypted communication.
The Nokia Lumia 920 is truly a phantastic device.
Please care about those short comings and you will have indeed the most innovative product ever build so far.
Thank you for all your efforts and
2012-11-26 19:49 - edited 2012-11-26 19:57
Thats a rather comprehensive list But as this is a user to user based forum and the fact that the OS is made by Microsoft it would be better to make any suggestions there.
So as this is a user to user forum so it wont make much of an impact here so I suggest this, on the Microsoft web page there is a feedback page , have a look here:
Also look at the Microsoft forms.